Rafael Nadal has sent Roger Federer a doubles request as the two continue to recuperate from injuries.
After being forced to stop their seasons early due to chronic injuries, Rafael Nadal has offered to partner up with Roger Federer again at next year’s Laver Cup.
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have hinted that they may return to the tour in September. Both players are rehabilitating from injuries and had to conclude their 2021 seasons early, but the Spaniard has asked to play doubles with Federer at the Laver Cup next year. The fifth edition of the Ryder Cup-style tournament is due to take place in London’s o2 Arena from September 23 to September 25, and despite previously represented Team Europe, both Federer and Nadal were unable to compete this year.
After undergoing a medical surgery less than three weeks ago, Nadal is now rehabilitating from a continuing left foot issue.
The world No. 6 hasn’t played much since a surprising departure at Roland Garros, where he has won 13 times.
He subsequently withdrew from Wimbledon and the Olympics before returning for two matches at the ATP 500 in Washington, but then flew home and stated that he was ending his 2021 season ahead of the US Open, and that he planned to return the following year.
Meanwhile, Federer is in a similar situation, and will be off the court for “several months” after undergoing his third right knee operation since the start of 2020, following a relapse during the grass-court season.
The friends and rivals were unable to compete in the fourth edition of the Laver Cup, a Ryder Cup-style event co-created by Federer and his manager Tony Godsick that pits Team Europe against Team World.
In all three editions, Federer was a key member of Team Europe, with Nadal joining him in 2017 and 2019.
With Federer and Nadal playing their first doubles match together in the inaugural Laver Cup four years ago, part of the novelty of the event’s unique format has been watching elite players join up for doubles and coach each other from respective team benches.
The 20-time Grand Slam champions were also supposed to team up in Geneva in 2019, but Nadal was unable to play due to a hand injury. “Brinkwire News Summary.”